Thursday, March 31, 2011

In the Theatre—Shakespeare’s “The Winter’s Tale”

The Winter's Tale—one of Shakespeare’s greatest romances as well as a personal favorite of theatre arts professor Norman Jones—opens on campus next week. The show will run April 1–9 under the direction of Jones with a production cast of 21 students and technical directing by Dawn Sarrouf.

Twenty years ago Jones directed The Winter’s Tale at Gordon College. The return of this production will be a special treat for those who enjoy his work because many performance arts alumni—even those from the original cast—will be traveling back to campus to join the audience.

Read more about this performance online or watch a brief promotion video created by some of the cast.


Human Rights Week

The Human Network—a Gordon College student-led initiative—annual Human Rights Week is in full swing. The series aims to expose the community to pressing human rights issues from around the globe. “Modern day slavery has never been a foreign concept to me,” said Molly Kong, a first-year student studying biology. “My family is from Cambodia—which is known for slave trafficking.” Kong attended a Not for Sale meeting in Boston, where she met Gordon employee Anita Coco, media production manager in the Center for Educational Technologies. “It opened my eyes even more. Slavery is not only a problem taking place far away; it is even happening here in Massachusetts.”

I got involved in starting a human rights club because I believe strongly that students are some of the best agents of change in social justice,” said sophomore Ashlie Busone, an education and Spanish double major from Ballston Lake, New York. “I know that if we want to see progress in our lifetime, my generation must be at the forefront of it.

My goal for the week is to not only educate students, faculty and staff, but also provide them with opportunities and resources to apply this new knowledge and become involved,” said Mary Frediani, a sophomore linguistics major from Nashua, New Hampshire. Frediani, who serves as president for the Human Network, helped to organize a variety of events “to grab the attention of different people . . . and engage fellow students on many levels.”

A few of this year’s events include a lecture on ethical consumerism; a screening of the documentary The Dark Side of Chocolate on child labor; a clothing swap; and a lecture by Francis Bok, former slave and modern abolitionist.

Photo: Gordon students leading the initiative for Human Rights Week at Gordon College—Mary Frediani, Teresa Baik, Theresa Bennett, Jessica Yu, Ainsley Robles, Molly Kong, Ashlie Busone and Ella Sparling.


Wednesday, March 30, 2011

College Radio—Giving Students a Voice in New, Exciting Ways

After months of planning and programming, Gordon students Amber Fiedler ’13, Naama Mendes ’13, Anders Johnson ’12 and Mac Gostow ’13 have launched Gordon’s own radio station.

“The station brings together two things students love: feeling connected and consuming media,” said Jonathan Gerber, assistant professor of psychology. As the station plays through an Internet feed, listeners can tune in from campus or while studying abroad in South Africa . . . making ScotRadio an exciting development in the culture of the College. “ScotRadio gives students a voice in a new way, using technologies relevant to students. But the wisdom of Internet radio is not the main point; it’s fun to create.” Gerber, a native of Australia, serves as faculty advisor for the students, helping with questions, programming issues and College support.” Many significant media personalities began on college radio, including David Letterman. A college radio background is a great step for students interested in the world of media.”


Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Boston’s Museum of Science—Gordon Students Lead Instruction

Students studying chemistry at Gordon have the benefit of learning in the premier science facility in the region—amazing labs, state-of-the-art equipment, and a collection of resources not found at other universities. But leaving the confines of lab partners and community within the Ken Olsen Science Center is also a foundational component to the educational experience. Last week students worked with Beyond Benign and the Lowell Institute to lead a special learning session on green chemistry at the Boston Museum of Science. “Once again Gordon students contributed to a successful running of green chemistry day at the museum,” said Dwight Tshudy, associate professor of chemistry. “The excitement our students display when telling others about green chemistry is contagious, and this was clearly evident by seeing how they engaged high school students and other visitors in hands-on activities demonstrating green chemistry principles. They truly were green chemistry ambassadors.”

The Museum of Science is one of the most famous museums in Boston and one of the oldest science museums in the United States. It is visited by more than 1.5 million people every year. Their mission is to play a leading role in transforming the nation’s relationship with science and technology. It is located 26 miles from campus and accessible by public transportation. Fortunately since we're one of the few Christian universities outside of Boston we can easily visit.


Embouchure Dystonia

Wednesday, March 30, Peter Iltis, professor of kinesiology, presents “Embouchure Dystonia: Mind over Gray Matter.”

Formerly a professional freelance French horn player, Iltis developed a neural disorder that brought his performance career to an end. Over the last decade Iltis has been reading, writing and doing research on the complex disorder known as embouchure dystonia. This Wednesday’s Faculty Forum presentation will provide a synopsis of his personal journey as well as describe what appears to be a very recent and significant breakthrough that draws on the knowledge and experience gained over those 10 years.

The presentation will begin at 4:30 p.m. in Jenks, room 406. Refreshments and conversation are offered at 4 p.m. in the Alumni Reading Room.

Photo: Salem News—Peter Iltis demos a new ActiveStep machine his students work with to measure the recovery steps of people who have fallen, also a subject of neurological interest.


Monday, March 28, 2011

Gordon College Names Nationally Recognized Scholar as Eighth President

After a seven-month international search, Rice University sociology professor D. Michael Lindsay has been named the eighth president of Gordon College. A leading expert on religion and public life, Lindsay will take over the helm of the Christian liberal arts college July 1.

Read the official announcement from the College online.


Sunday, March 27, 2011

Author to Publisher

“The Salem News: A passion for good writing and beautiful books led Wendy Murray to start her own publishing company called Ecco Qua Press.

“The Beverly resident has worked as a journalist for publications such as Christianity Today and, in the early 1990s Time magazine. She writes mostly about religion and has published 10 books, most recently A Mended and Broken Heart, The Life and Love of Francis of Assisi in 2008 with Basic Books.”

Read the entire Wednesday, March 16, 2011, Salem News article online.


Friday, March 25, 2011

North Shore 100—Gordon Employees Named among Local Leaders

The glossy 80-page magazine features square thumbnail portraits of 25 local heroes. Among the imagery one smile stands out—that of Kristina Stevick ’98, artistic director of History Alive! and property manager for two historic landmarks operated by The College—Old Town Hall and Pioneer Village—in Salem.

The North Shore 100 identifies leaders in the community identified by people across Cape Ann and Essex County. Two Gordon College employees were selected for the Eagle Tribune’s third annual publication.

Kristina Stevick was selected for her work with Cry Innocent and her contributions to Gordon’s newest historic undertaking—The Salem Museum—which will chronicle interpretive panels of the city’s vast history. The museum is a first of its kind for Salem and will shine a new light on the city’s impact in American history.

Irv Levy, professor of chemistry and computer science, is also identified as one of the top leaders in the region for 2011 in the magazine. Chosen for his vision for green chemistry, Levy places tremendous value on making science safer for students and the environment. The profile focused on Levy’s impact with outreach programs and his teaching of the 12 principles of green chemistry beyond the Gordon campus.

Professional journalists, including three students from the Gordon College News Service, overseen by their advisor Jo Kadlecek, spent hours interviewing all the nominees that poured into the newsroom for publisher Karen Andreas and editor David Olsen to review.

Congratulations, Kristina and Irv, for your nominations and leadership on Boston’s North Shore.


Serving in Mississippi

Senior communication arts student Gabrielle Witham, of Groton, Massachusetts, is interning with the chapel staff this semester. She’ll be writing regularly on topics of faith and community.

A group of Gordon students with hearts for service recently returned from Mississippi. Led by assistant director of Public Safety Glenn Deckert, and junior communication arts students Elise D’Adamo and Anders Johnson, the team of 13 painted, landscaped, organized and undertook several projects for organizations and individuals in need throughout the Canton region of Mississippi.


Thursday, March 24, 2011

Gordon, Harvard, Cornell and Others Prepare for This Weekend's Literatures and Linguistics Colloquium

This Saturday 16n students will take part in a professional exercise only rarely available to undergraduates: In a gathering of their peers from several institutions, they’ll present their papers and engage in rich discussions at the second annual Literatures and Linguistics Undergraduate Colloquium. The colloquium is cosponsored by the Gordon College Languages and Linguistics and English Language and Literature Departments and hosts students from Gordon College, Harvard University, Seton Hall, Dordt College, Cornell University and others.

Graeme Bird, associate professor of linguistics and classics, and organizer of this year’s event, highlighted the level of student involvement: “We are thrilled to say this colloquium will essentially be student run. Literature and linguistics students will act as moderators of the event, introducing student presenters and aiding in the lively discussion of the presentations themselves.”

Andrew Logemann, assistant professor of English, Emmanuelle Vanborre, assistant professor of French, and Gregor Thuswaldner, chair of the Department of Languages and Linguistics, assisted with planning the event. The colloquium will be held in the first floor classrooms in Ken Olsen Science Center this Saturday from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Photo: The 2010 colloquium—packed out session at Gordon College.


New Certificate Program—The Only Program of Its Kind Offered in the CCCU

Through its Center for Nonprofit Studies and Philanthropy, Gordon College now offers a certificate program in nonprofit management—the only program of its kind offered in the Council for Christian College & Universities (CCCU).

The goal is for students who have a passion to serve to be able to link with the knowledge base, management tools and necessary skills to help nonprofits succeed.

Read the official release from the College here.


Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Back From ECHO

This year's ECHO (Educational Concerns for Hunger Organization) team gained a deep sense of satisfaction from their four days working at the farm. Their accomplishments included building a bamboo house--a kind used in Haiti.

Their finished house, pictured above, was made from bamboo, a tin roof, and included a cistern for collecting roof water. The cistern they built was made from old truck tires.

While veteran leader Craig Story, professor of biology, was busy most days preparing meals, our students and coleader Jeff O'Brien, fleet manager in College Physical Plant, accomplished much on the farm: dug a large composting pit, removed dead palm tree stumps, spread piles of mulch, planted cucumbers, weeded, moved potted plants, and generally prepared the farm for ECHO's annual public event Farm Day, which occurred Saturday.

Here are a few more photos of the project from foundation-to-finish.


A. J. Gordon 175th Christian Leadership Conference

A Day of Celebration and Learning: "Uncommon Leadership for Every Day Faith" is a free one-day conference for New England's Christian leaders.

Friday, April 15, 9 a.m.–3:30 p.m., at Gordon College

The leadership conference is free of charge and open to Christian leaders--both paid and volunteer.


When Learning Becomes a Passion

Shanell Percy knew she was a good student, but she didn’t know that she loved learning until she got to Gordon. With an interest in the sciences, she enrolled in biology and chemistry her first semester at Gordon and was captivated by her studies—particularly chemistry.

“In my chemistry courses at Gordon I’m challenged to venture beyond the surface and put the pieces together to pin point how text book concepts have real life applications,” says Percy, a freshmen chemistry major from Windsor, Connecticut. “The challenge and discoveries in my courses have really made learning fun.”


Monday, March 21, 2011

Highlander Club Announces 2011 Athletic Hall of Honor Inductees

On April 30 the Athletic Department and Highlander Club will induct its fifth class into Gordon's Hall of Honor. Recognizing alumni and student athletes from both Gordon and Barrington, induction is conferred upon those who have exhibited outstanding athleticism and character in and out of the competitive arena.


Commencement--Office of the President announces this year's speaker

Like many of the students she'll be addressing on May 21 as Gordon's 2011 Commencement speaker, Chai Ling was a top student and a leader. But in her home country of China she held another "distinction" when she was 23 years old: as one of the communist government's most wanted "criminals" for her role in the 1989 pro-democracy student movement in Tiananmen Square.

Read the official announcement here.


Student of the Year--Massachusetts Recreation and Park Association

The Massachusetts Recreation and Park Association awarded the prestigious "Outstanding Student of the Year Award" to Gordon College student Nick Fitzgerald at the 26th annual state conference last week. Nick is the ninth Gordon College student to win this award in the 26-year history of the MRPA.

The awards and recognition program reviews nominations from programs and faculty across the Commonwealth and is extremely competitive--recognizing leaders in the field and outstanding projects accomplished over the past year. Fitzgerald is a recreation and leisure studies and psychology double major, a member of the varsity swim team, and an active contributor to Gordon's outdoor education programs.

Photo: Gordon College student Nick Fitzgerald with 2010-11 MRPA president and Director of Marblehead Parks and Recreation, Brendan Eagan.


Friday, March 18, 2011

Gordon Celebrates the Generosity of Donors With Special Event March 23

Without the generosity of many friends of the College, a number of Gordon students would not be able to receive their education. As a way to acknowledge their impact, Gordon has planned a special day of celebration, March 23, 2011, on campus called Tuition Freedom Day. The event symbolizes the final day of the school year that students pay for their tuition, the balance being covered by the generosity of Gordon’s many donors.

The Gordon community will celebrate the second annual Tuition Freedom Day by writing thank you notes to donors and enjoying light refreshments in Gillies. The office of Alumni and Parent Relations hosts the event and the first 150 students to attend will receive a free Tuition Freedom Day tee-shirt (paid for by a donor).

“Only 58% of the total cost of tuition is paid for by students,” says Adrianne Cook, director of alumni and parent relations. “Without donor funding, students would pay significantly more towards tuition costs.”

One such program that supports this effort is the Partners Program. Founded in 1989 by 40 trustees and friends of the college, the Partners Program gives donated dollars directly to students who would not be here without additional monies. Currently, over 300 alumni, faculty, staff, and friends of the college participate, giving to some 600 students in need of financial assistance each year. This years Partners Program fundraising goal is $1,000,000. For more information on the Partners Program or to give a gift towards the Partners Program click here.

“The Partners Scholarship has been crucial to my success at Gordon,” says Marianne Domingues ’11, a biology major from Metuchen, New Jersey. “The fact that others willingly provided aid for my education is both an encouragement and a beautiful demonstration of sharing Christ’s love through community.”

Domingues is just one of many Gordon students who are grateful for the willingness of others to lessen the financial burden of an education. According to Gordon’s major gifts officer Elsje Zwart, some partners recipients work as many as 35 hours per week and have exhausted every means of support available to them, yet still come up short of the finances they need to pay tuition.

“Celebrating Tuition Freedom Day is part of how we say thank you to donors,” says Zwart. “It’s also a way to educate students about the importance of giving back to the College and how they directly benefit from the generosity of others.”


Thursday, March 17, 2011

In the Art Studio

Watch the newest video of Gordon College Professor Bruce Herman as he shares a personal look into his professional art studio and insights to his work as an artist.

Bruce Herman is the Lothlorien Distinguished Chair of Fine Arts at Gordon College.


Monday, March 14, 2011

Professor and author, Tal Howard, hosts a book signing on his most recent book, "God and the Atlantic: America, Europe and the Religious Divide"

In March of 2011, Oxford University Press published Professor Tal Howard’s most recent book, God and the Atlantic: America, Europe and the Religious Divide, a study of transatlantic differences.

For those who might miss Howard’s lecture at Salem’s Old Town Hall, there will be a book signing held at Gordon College, 255 Grapevine Road, Wenham, Massachusetts, on Thursday, March 31, 2011 from 4-5 p.m. in Chester’s Place in the Lane Student Center. For further information about this event, please email

God and the Atlantic looks at how and why Americans have maintained much friendlier ties with traditional forms of religion than their European counterparts,” says Howard. “It’s an historical exploration of what journalists and sociologists are calling ‘the transatlantic religious divide’.”

Though there are many polarizing issues in this complex debate, scholars such as Harmut Lehmann, former Director of the Max Planck Institute for History in Germany, praise Howard for giving historical depth to the topic. “Everyone interested in finding a way through the labyrinth of transatlantic comparisons and prejudice is well advised to read this book,” says Lehmann.

For information about God and the Atlantic, or to reach Professor Howard, please email or call 978 867 4227.


Friday, March 11, 2011

Fighting Scots Prep For Spring Training Trips

With the start of spring break the end of this week, Gordon's spring sports teams will go in search of warmer weather and wins on their respective spring training trips.

The men's lacrosse team is planning to travel coast-to-coast to San Diego, California, where they will take on both Fairleigh Dickinson University and Whittier College. In their last matchup with Whittier in 2006, the Scots carried an early lead to an eventual 12-11 upset win.

The women's lacrosse team will head to Florida for the annual Spring Fling Tournament in West Palm Beach. They plan to play non-conference Smith on March 14 and will face either Curry or Mt. Saint Vincent on the 16th. Additionally, the women will be teaming up with a program called Paint Your Heart Out with the Solid Waste Authority, painting and helping with beach clean-up service projects during the week.

Visiting Lake Myrtle, Florida, for the week, the men's baseball team will get its first taste of outdoor play when it opens with Washington (Maryland) on March 13. From there, the men will go on to a double-header with Becker on the 14th, Sewanee on the 15th, and a double-header with Dickinson on the 17th.

Women's softball will once again visit Myrtle Beach, South Carolina--their spring break home away from home for the past 10 years--to play eight non-conference games in four days beginning with Gettysburg on March 14.

Joining women's softball in South Carolina, the men's tennis team will set up camp in Hilton Head for the fourth consecutive year. While there, the Scots will play a match per day starting with Shepherd on March 13, followed by Edgewood, Spring Arbor, Dickinson and Heidelberg, and closing with Messiah on the 18th.


Thursday, March 10, 2011

Seven From Gordon Field Hockey Honored By NFHCA

As announced by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA), seven members of Gordon College Field Hockey have been named to the 2010 Gladiator by SGI/NFHCA DIII National Academic Squad. The award recognizes field hockey student-athletes from all NCAA divisions who have achieved a cumulative GPA of 3.30 or higher during the first semester of the 2010-2011 academic year.
Gordon recipients include captain and senior Veronica Pierce (West Hartford, Ct.), junior Ashley Moulton (Reading, Mass.), sophomores Eleanor Helai (Keene, N.H.) and Kelsey Spotts (Pittsford, Vt.), and freshmen Anna Bury (Huntingtown, Md.), Julie Moser (Cheltenham, Pa.), and Megan Wernig (Gilford, N.H.).


Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Many Hands Make Light Work At The Brigham Complex

Members of the Gordon track and field program together with others from the Gordon community teamed up on Tuesday to take on snow removal on the Brigham Athletic oval. Wielding shovels and donning t-shirts on an unseasonably warm afternoon, the group worked for several hours to clear a significant section of track in an effort to facilitate outdoor training and prepare for the coming track and field season.


Learning to Play? Documentary Film "Play Again" Comes to Gordon Friday Night

We live in a digital world. Children are spending more time indoors now than ever before in history and much of that time is behind screens. What will this mean for the child’s well being in the future? Play Again, an award-winning documentary film, explores some of these questions and follows six teenagers on their first outdoor adventure experience.

The La Vida Center for Outdoor Education at Gordon College presents Play Again on March 11th at 7 p.m. in the Ken Olsen Science Center Auditorium. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for an open house information time about the La Vida Center, which celebrated 40 years of outdoor education this year. After the screening, there will be a question and answer session with Gordon faculty specializing in this area, moderated by Provost Mark Sargent.


Wallyball, Cambodian-Americans and Smart Thursdays

Where is Inn Gee Kim on a Monday afternoon? Playing wallyball, of course! But why is this busy senior, studying political science and philosphy and an intern with Gordon in Lynn playing walleyball?

Twice a week, Inn Gee volunteers at KAYA, an after-school program for Cambodian American middle and high school students with his Gordon in Lynn internship. “I wanted to apply the idea of service much emphasized in the Gordon classroom,” says Inn Gee.


Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Justice, Mercy and Humility

"There's something so refreshing about being with people who know what you do--what kinds of things you sit at your desk in prayer about--without even having to tell them," says Andene Christopherson, director of worship. Recently staff from the Chapel Office attended the Campus Ministry Directors Conference in New Orleans, hosted by the CCCU. "It was a delightful encouragement to have some time to talk with Richard Mouw, said Laura Carmer, director of missions. "I loved his theme of the Christian as a 'beholder'--one who works at seeing the world . . . each person, circumstance, institution, situation through the eyes of Christ. Beholding leads to justice, mercy and humility in the realities of life; this was both refreshing and challenging for me."


Monday, March 7, 2011

Student Election Results

Friday the hopefuls lined the stage for a special "meet the candidates" election convocation. Online voting, campaign support in the Lion's Den, and a patriotic red, white and blue dance in the Ken Olsen Science Center were all part of the election highlights. The results were reported by GCSA at 8:30 p.m.


Impelling God's Mission

Senior Communication Arts student Gabrielle Witham, of Groton, MA, is interning with the Chapel staff this semester. She'll be writing regularly on topics of faith and community.

"Dr. John Franke, theologian and professor at Biblical Seminary in Pennsylvania, spoke on missions in chapel last week. He continued this semester's focus on the spiritual disciplines, and offered students three disciplines of a missional life:


Friday, March 4, 2011

Students serve in the U.S. and abroad this Spring break

Spring break mission trips are just around the bend and students are gearing up for time away from Gordon’s campus. From March 12-20, over 80 Gordon students, on seven teams, will serve in the U.S. and abroad.

Through U.S. Exposure, teams will be located in Detroit, rural Mississippi, Portland, Maine, and Yakama Native American Reservation in Washington State. In addition, three teams will travel to Haiti, the Dominican Republic, and Nicaragua.

“Students will serve through construction projects, after school programs for children, facilitating vacation Bible school, and many other ways that meet the needs in their particular location,” says Laura Carmer, director of missions. “The willingness and enthusiasm of our students is always encouraging to the long term missionaries and organizations they serve with, and our students get to experience how God is working in the broader world."

All teams raised support through fundraising letters and some through selling fall semester finals survival kits.

For more information on ministries, service and outreach at Gordon click here.


Thursday, March 3, 2011

Sleepy Visitors

Gordon College’s Frost Hall had some sleepy visitors perched on a fire escape this week. Two raccoons spent most of Wednesday huddled outside a third floor window. By dusk they’d found better things to do.

Photo credit: Jon Williams, software architect and strategist


Celebrating George Bennett

"He has dined with Margaret Thatcher and Billy Graham, and was a longtime chief executive officer of the prestigious State Street Management and Research firm in Boston. He founded a church and served on the School Committee in his hometown, and he twice turned down the opportunity to be the nation’s secretary of the treasury in order to stay close to his family."

Read the entire Boston Globe article, on long-time Gordon trustee, George Bennett, here.


A Bus Full of Gordon Students--Off to New York City

Recently the Art Department embarked on their annual trip to New York City. Art majors (and minors) as well as students from other majors departed campus with door-to-door service to Manhattan. Students visited the Museum of Modern Art and The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "We give students a lot of freedom on the trip," says staff member Amber Primm, an artist and alumnae of Gordon. "There's no strict agenda other than to look at art."


Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Delegates to the World: Gordon in Harvard's Model UN

The Gordon tradition--to represent an African country--brought 17 student "delegates" together to represent Gabon at the 57th Session of the Harvard National Model United Nations. The 2011 Model UN included more than 3,000 college students from around the world, representing 35 nations. Read more.


Gordon Takes Stage at Sigma XI Honors Society Conference

Six professors and 12 students from Gordon presented research on a range of topics at the Sigma Xi North Shore Chapter annual conference. The North Shore Chapter--which also includes Endicott College and Salem State University--is one of  100 represented countries that make up the research group, sponsoring projects and collaborations around the world through grant awards, publications and program development.
The presentations were lively and included such topics as: the effects of landscape fragmentation on small mammal habitat use; moral identity; distribution of aid in Kenya; green chemistry; habitat use by birds in different forest types; and research on water quality and spotted salamanders.
Read more on the research topics and academic department participation online.

Photo: Jonathan Gerber, Department of Psychology faculty, giving a presentation on the relationship between belief in God and degree of rejection.